Labour increase majority as Sophie Conway wins Hackney Central by-election
PUBLISHED: 12:02 22 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:01 22 July 2016
Sophie Conway has won the Hackney Central by-election with a landslide victory.
The labour candidate won 75 per cent of the vote (1,354), an increase of 11pc.
Way behind in second place was Siobhan MacMahon of the Green Party with 178 votes, followed by Lib Dem Russell French, who picked up 113 votes.
Tory Christopher Darlington won 101 votes and independent Mustafa Korel received 55.
There was an 18.6pc turnout for the seat vacated by deputy mayor Sophie Linden, who was appointed Sadiq Khan’s policing chief.
Cllr Conway was born and raised in Hackney and attended Gayhurst Community School.
In the run up to the election she said: “As a single parent living in social housing in the borough I am acutely aware of the impact that Tory austerity is having on our community and the issues that people are struggling with.”